Mid-Week Inspiration

Welcome back. It seems to appear that Christmas crafting is here. I am still enjoying the Halloween season but it’s nice to be prepared. If we sent one Christmas card or 100, having a plan or an idea helps. I hope sharing my idea of how to use your stamps as a background helps with your Christmas crafting.

As crafters, we tend to be collectors and don’t utilize our stash as we should. I enjoy using some of my smaller stamps as a background and then using the larger images as a focal point on my cards. Let me show you how!

After choosing my image, I use a stamping block to randomly stamp the image on my background. I try not to be too consistent and I stamp off the paper so it doesn’t look too perfect. Depending how and if I want to color the images is what ink I use. I think I have sprinkled this information into previous blog posts, but I will create one specifically for ink and stamping. We all want the best results possible. If you choose not to color in your images, colored ink can give great a look too. Want a monochromatic look? Leave it be and enjoy creating the rest of the card.

I usually always color in my larger images because I use them as focal points. It can be fun to ink blend a background and use water reactive ink such as distress oxides, then use a background die to create a background that way. This way your focal images are part of a scene.

I hope I was able to give you some mid-week inspiration. Please check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to check out what I have been up to. Say HI while you’re there. If you have a fun way of using your craft stash for projects let me know in the comments. As always, if I inspired you to create a project similar to this, tag #sewmuchglitter. Spreading positivity and inspiration in 2020 will help us and others.

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Fall Comfort

Hello, I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying fall. Please say you’re enjoying fall, I miss out on it in So Cal! Missing the crisp air at this time of the year doesn’t keep me from enjoying fall recipes. I have an easy comfort food that you can enjoy throughout the upcoming week and it smells great. We all know fall is about the smells 😉

First, I get out my trusty crockpot. I use a Ninja crockpot because it has a stove stop function as well as a slow cook function. But this can be done with any crock pot or on a low simmer via the stove top. This is a mix-up on an old favorite. All day spaghetti sauce is full of flavor and is great to make in bulk so it can be enjoyed in the days to come. This can me made easy by using store bought ingredients or make it from scratch, this is your masterpiece. I used store bought ingredients because I was looking for simple comfort. Let’s go see the next steps.

Next, either find your spaghetti sauce recipe or buy a favorite. My family favorite is Prego Traditional (I don’t leave it at just the jar). My family loves a good meat sauce as well, so let’s start there. Ok, the crock pot is out and you have your sauce. Now, get some Italian spices fresh or jar. Don’t forget the Bay Leaf! Please don’t forget the garlic and fresh onion (I use a purple onion). Now we are ready for the step by step. Look Below.

  1. Chop the onion and garlic or use pre chopped garlic. Warm the crock pot using the high heat stove stop function then put the onion and garlic in the pot (remember I am using the one pot method) Place your meat on top so the flavors can get inside the meat. Add a pinch of Italian spices. Cook the meat as you normally would for a meat sauce. Once browned you can either drain or continue to cook down (This is my favorite especially if using turkey).
  2. Now is the time to add the sauce, stir everything together (still on the stove top function) Add more Italian spices and drop the Bay leaf on top. Switch to the slow cooker function (low) and walk away.
  3. Check on it about halfway through if you can, if not don’t worry the crock pot will do its job. I stir everything with a wooden spoon and scrape the sides of the pot during this halfway point. Add more spices if I feel it needs it (we eat flavorful), and walk away again. My low slow cooker function is an 8 hour timer and warms for an hour after.
  4. Once the beautifully smelling sauce is done, I keep it in the pot and start cooking the noodles on my stove top. I put in a loaf of garlic bread or whip up a side salad.
  5. ENJOY! And enlist your helpers to do the dishes. You have been cooking all day 🙂

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite fall comfort food is. I love my crock pot this time of the year. The house is full of fall aromas and cooking is made more simple.

If I have inspired you please tag me on your social media #sewmuchglitter with your version of this fall comfort favorite. I am active on Instagram/Facebook so please check it out @sewmuchglitter and say HI! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you are notified of new posts. I love to gain inspiration from others and I enjoy inspiring you as well, if you have any fun fall traditions let me know. I am excited to share more of mine with you soon!

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Craft Day

Welcome to the spooky season! I am glad to be here as life has gotten in the way but I have been creating over on my Instagram: @sewmuchglitter so please go check it out! Crafting is my therapy so when 2020 really got me down, I did craft it out. My advice to you is to take it one day at a time and do not make any major life decisions without exploring your options and lots of support. That being said I hope you are safe, happy and well!

Since today is craft day on HSN, I wanted to share a project with you that will be sure to make your spooky spirits bright. Glitter stemless wine glasses are fun for any gathering or to decorate your space with. This is a craft that takes some time, so I love doing it while watching my favorite crafty videos or a true crime documentary. This is not a craft that will be done in 5 minutes, it does take time and letting it cure is key. As long as you go into this project knowing that, you will do great and won’t loose patience. Let’s go!

  1. I start of with a stemless wine glass from the Dollar Tree. Wash it and wipe the outside of it down with a rubbing alcohol, then do not touch the bottom of the glass.
  2. Next I gather my supplies as shown. I use dishwasher safe Mod Podge (it takes 28 days to cure, but you can use it after 48 hours if needed). I use a fun color of extra fine glitter (to be found at any craft store). I also fine 2-3 old DVDs and stack them (this is how high I want my glitter line on the bottom of my glass). As seen in the picture, I tape an expo marker on the top of the DVDs, which are also tapped together so they don’t move. Paper plates are a must!
  3. Ok, now we are ready to start!! I put the wine glass on the counter and place it next to my DVD contraption, place the marker on the glass and move the glass in a circle while placing my hand on top of the DVD stack as an anchor. I move it around until there is a line all the way around the glass. This is your guide for the glitter.
  4. Now, Tape on the line (electrical tape is recommended but I only had masking tape on hand). Follow the marker guide and keep the tape flush with the glass so there are not wrinkles on the bottom or gaps. Now, Apply your 1st coat of Mod Podge under the the tape line, even on the bottom. Over your paper plate start pouring the glitter (Liberally, You will put the excess glitter back). Now, let dry! I live in So Cal and it has been hot and dry this year so it only takes an hour to dry, other climates will have different drying times.
  5. Once it is dry, come back and repeat the process. Mod Podge then glitter. Let dry and repeat for a total of 3 layers.
  6. Now it is time to seal the glitter once all of the layers are dry. I use Triple Thick (Amazon.com, craft store). I brush on the Triple Thick over the glitter, in an even layer (don’t forget the bottom). Now, let dry for 24 hours!
  7. 24 Hours later you are ready to add your decal. I use Cricut Design Space. I measure on my glass for space, which normally ends up to be about 2 x 2.5 (ish). Be careful of the curve because your vinyl will bubble easily. Before you apply the decal, alcohol the glass to remove oils and dirt.
  8. TIP! If you have trouble on the curve, you can cut your transfer sheet on the sides and ALWAYS start in the MIDDLE! Once the middle of the decal is placed down, work your way out and it is ok to heat with a hair dryer to help remove bubbles as needed. Set aside for 48 hours to cure and do not submerge the glitter in water. The Dishwasher safe Mod Podge takes 28 days to fully cure and become water resistant but the cups can be used prior as long as prolonged moisture is not introduced.

TADA! You are done. I normally do a set of 4 for each holiday and everyone at the Christmas table has their own. These are great for use, display or gifts. Please go check out my previous blog post ALL THAT GLITTER, you can make a great gift for pens, pencils, make-up brushes and beyond (all Dollar Tree materials, picture posted above)

I am excited to see how yours turns out. If I have inspired you, please post on your social media and #sewmuchglitter, if you have any additional tips/tricks or questions please comment below. I am working on a nummy easy fall recipe that I cannot wait to share, so please subscribe to get notified of future blog posts. I am always updating my Instagram/Facebook @sewmuchglitter please check me out and let me know that you were there.

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Shape it up

Hi, 2020 does not disappoint but I hope for a fabulous 2021 for everyone! I wanted to share with you a fun seasonal project that is easy and creative. Let’s check it out.

I enjoy making all types of cards and with the slimline card taking over the crafting community, I thought it would be fun to throw another idea in the ring. Shape cards! I love ordering fold it cards from The Stamps of Life and I enjoy getting creative with my craft stash, so I mixed the two together.

First I use a die that has a shadow layer. I fold an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock and place my shadow layer (blade side up so you are not cutting into your cutting pad). I choose a side that would best be used to open the card so it can stand up and I place the paper over the die with about 1/4″ of the die showing on the fold as the picture shows. Now I am ready to feed it through my die cutting machine. Once completed you have a shaped card!

Next, I stamp the image and color as desired or I cut the same image to create a second piece. Place this extra piece over the card, it will cover the fold so it looks like one image. Decorate your card as you want, you are the creative genius in the scenario. These are fun creative cards and will defiantly be one of a kind.

Let me know in the comments what kind if shaped cards you would like to create with your stash of die cuts. Please check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see the spooky fun that I am having with this fabulous stamp and die set! As always, if I have inspired you please tag me and use #sewmuchglitter so we can all inspire each other.

Let’s hope 2020 calms down now that the holidays are approaching and we can ring in a peaceful 2021! I have been going through some transitions and have not been able to keep a schedule but plan to do so in the coming days.

Sewmuchglitter

Color your life

Thanks for coming back! I know I have been gone awhile but the change in seasons brought a change of pace as well. We went from summer to HOT and being surrounded by wildfires but our immediate area is safe so far. We also became a college campus because our college freshman has to do online school. In the middle of the change nothing has been easy. I know I am not alone during these trying times. So, crafting truly has become my therapy. With that said, I would love us to support each other. Post your favorite therapeutic craft in the comments below.

I recently made a purchase to upgrade my alcohol markers, I had the original Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and could never perfect the blending. I gave up for awhile and used colored pencils and gamsol, which works great but sometimes I want a more vibrant result. I invested in the Tri-blend Spectrum Noir markers. If you are on the fence about alcohol markers, jump over to the other side! These things are fabulous. There is no guess work and you do not need to be a professional artist to get professional looking results.

No professional swatching here

I always swatch my colors on a paper that I use most (go check out my previous blog post about my favorite papers and the mediums I use with them). This allows me to see the blend before I start a project. Unlike other alcohol markers, Spectrum Noir suggests laying down the light color first (saturate the paper, look on the back to make sure you’ve done so) then move to the darkest color where you want shadows and blend out with the medium tone then back to the light color for a smooth finish. This worked perfectly for me but like any new medium, it does take practice and patience.

I truly enjoy using my stamp collection and coloring in those images. I ordered these from Crafter’s Companion website and was pleasantly surprised at the ease. The product does come from the UK and shipping is a bit higher than local companies but it does seem to be flat rate, so adding some more fun items in your cart is worthwhile. You also earn reward points when you create a free account and get discounts on future orders. Check it out!

With the change on the calendar, it is time for some Halloween crafting. I used these markers with a new stamp set I purchased from The Stamps of Life, with flawless results. If you want to see what else I have been crafting, go checkout my Instagram @sewmuchglitter and let me know that you stopped by. Leave a comment on your favorite project and if I have inspired you don’t forget to tag me #sewmuchglitter with your project. I am also creating for card exchanges and cards for donation to spread creativity to others. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you can be notified of future projects and ideas. I have another fun gadget to share with you, to expand your crafting toolbox.

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Creative Inspiration

During times like these we can loose our creative mojo. I feel it to and allow myself to get preoccupied by other things that don’t bring me happiness. I wanted to share some fun inspiration with you today. If you ever find yourself in a creative slump, I hope these tips help you!

Because I am a total paper nerd, I will start with paper. Aside from buying paper (the best is online: scrapbook.com, Stamps of Life, Maymaymadeit.com are a few of my top favs), I love organizing my paper hoard. The next time I can create it is easier to find. The first and best thing to get your creative juices flowing is organizing your space and supplies. I also like to put on a good movie, true crime documentary or some guilty pleasure on Netflix and create card bases. Just get out your paper trimmer, score board and find a happy place to watch and cut. Next time you need to create a card quickly, it’s 1/2 complete! You can also cut layering pieces (check out my previous blog posts for sizing) this will jump start a background.

Speaking of backgrounds, they are a fun creative jolt when multiples. I love ink blending and creating different looks by splashing water, adding stencils or mixing colors. If you don’t want to or don’t have time, stash them away for a complete card later. This just helps the creativity clear my head.

I also love large stamps! Colorado craft company has a great line of big and bold stamp sets. They take up a lot of space on a card, but they are ment to be the focal point and are a lot of fun to color. I experiment with different coloring techniques and have fun adding elements such as nuvo’s crystal glaze or a fun gelly roll pen accent. When you’re ready, the fun part is putting these two together! Don’t have large stamps, no worries! Just simply stamp images and color away or leave white for a great monochromatic look. When creativity strikes, you’ll be ready!

Shopping of course is always fun. Who dosen’t love a good Hobby Lobby trip of traveling the isles at Joann’s? I enjoy whipping out a good coupon at Micheal’s. But I realize this is not always possible and it tends to clog up my semi organized chaos. I still never resist a good craft shopping trip. SHHH, it’s my weakness. With 2020 being so great (haha) I also got the online shopping bug.

I hope this helps you or one of your crafty friends! Comment below your favorite way to bust through a creative lockup. Go on over to Instagram or Facebook @sewmuchglitter and check out some great ideas. Say HELLO when you are there. If I inspire you to create something, tag #sewmuchglitter. Gaining inspiration from others is spreaking joy, we all need more joy in 2020.

Stay well, stay cool and I’ll be back for some mid week fun.

Sewmuchglitter

Bases are loaded

As promised, I am back with some inspiration for your card bases. I like to make my own card bases because it is more cost effective, their sturdy, and I can use any color I want! I am going to be showing A2 and A7 card bases today (4.25 x 5.5 and 5 x 7). I did a previous blog post on the famous slim line cards, go check that out and let me know which card style is your favorite in the comments below.

First off, I am NOT a mathematician or an engineer so I keep it simple when creating my card bases. My favorite part of card making is playing with paper and using my creativity but like anything else in life, it needs a good foundation. Let’s get started!

I have stated in previous blog posts that I prefer a heavier weight card stock for my card bases. I use 110 lb paper from Joann’s, you get a variety of neutral colors and 100 sheets of paper in a pack (plus Joann’s has great coupons!) I am going to start with an A2 size first (4.25 x 5.5). The only supplies you need for creating card bases is a paper trimmer, a score board, and a bone folder. Some paper trimmers can double as scoring tools.

A2: 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 size paper creates two A2 card bases! This is the easiest way that I have found to create card bases for this standard size.

  1. Cut the 8.5 x 11 sheet paper in half on the long end. Cut it at 5.5. I lay 1 sheet at a time (but you can double it up if you are using lighter card stock)
  2. On your score board, score with your bone folder at 4.25 then fold on the score line (you can run your bone folder along the fold for a smooth line and easier folding). THAT’S IT! 2 step directions for an A2 card base. Next up let’s discuss an A7 card base.

A7: One sheet 8.5 x 11 paper per card base (sorry, no freebies here)

  1. Cut down the 8.5 x 11 sheet paper down to 10 x 7
  2. On your score board, score at 5 then fold on the line and smooth out with your bone folder. DONE!

I would love to see the card bases that are your favorite to make. If I have inspired you today and you post it on your social media, don’t forget to tag #sewmuchglitter. Check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see what’s been going on, while you’re there say HI!

As I have pointed out, I ca be a paper weight snob 🙂 and I tend to layer my card bases. I do not use 110 lb card stock for everything. My layering pieces are 65-80 lb depending on how detailed my card it. I don’t want it to be too heavy on one side but I don’t want it blowing in the wind either. Share this post with your friends who could use some easy card base inspiration and come back soon for a fun festive project.

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Welcome Weekend

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you were able to treat yourself with the yummy recipe from my previous blog post (go check it out) 🙂

I had a super busy week with legal writings and midterms. Phew! I survived. It’s hard to get back into the learning groove but I’m glad I am. This next phase of my career will be a welcomed change. I encourage you to do what you have always wanted and accept the challenges ahead. Learning something new is always a great adventure. Since I was overwhelmed this past week, it was hard to get creative. But creativity of recent past rewarded me and I want to share that with you in hopes that it will inspire to to share your creativity with others.

My creations for donation

Since this pandemic and my recent retirement, I have found myself with extra time and a thirst for positivity. I know I am not alone and I was introduced to a great organization at the same time. Cardz for Kidz is an organization that accepts home made cards and sends them around the world to kids in hospitals and seniors in retirement/assisted facilities. They also donate much needed technology and supplies to those facilities. You can find them on my Instagram @sewmuchglitter in my posts just to see what they are all about. Don’t forget to say Hi while you’re there!

A great Michael’s find

I recently made a lot of cards participating in The daily marker 30 day coloring challenge. Above and beyond what my trusty card keeper from Michael’s can hold. So I sent them on to Cardz for Kidz. Like I said, I was introduced to the organization by one of my Instagram followers, I investigated and found them to be a reputable organization, so I felt comfortable that my creations would be appreciated. If you ever doubt an organization that accepts home made cards, go to Scrapbook.com and they have a section for reputable organizations that accept card donations (they also accept home made cards).

I tried to keep this short, sorry! I was featured on their Instagram account with a fun note about how they appreciate home artists and their creations. Go check out the post on my Instagram, it is always fun to share appreciation and spotlight worthy causes that help others. If you feel inclined to make up some cards and donate them to Cardz for Kidz, check out some of my previous blog posts for inspiration. If my projects do inspire you, tag me #sewmuchglitter with your version of what was created.

Remember my sneak peek?!

I am still participating in the coloring challenge and encourage you to take time for yourself as well. Have a great weekend, be well and stay safe. I will be back next week with a post to keep you motivated 🙂 Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see a fun food project of if you would like to see a creative paper project. It is Christmas in July, so don’t think I won’t throw a fun Christmas project in there somewhere.

See you soon!

Sewmuchglitter

You deserve a treat!

It’s halfway through the week and that means you’ve earned a treat! Remember that 4th of July cake we whipped up (checkout the previous blog post), well I still have fresh fruit and that means I have an excuse to make a delicious dip for that fresh fruit. Let’s get started!

This sweet dip is super light and compliments fresh fruit. If you want to be decadent, go ahead and macerate the fruit. Gather the ingredients as follows:

  1. 1-2 pounds fresh fruit of your choice
  2. 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 package instant vanilla pudding. If you have more of a sweet tooth ditch the pudding mix and reach for 1/2 Cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  4. Electric mixer.

Put the pudding mix in a bowl followed by the whipping cream and get whipping until the mixture is stiff. THAT’S IT! If you chose the sweet tooth route: add the powdered sugar followed by the whipping cream and vanilla, then whip until stiff.

Let me know in the comments below which recipe you chose and what fruit you paired this delicious dip with. My personal favorite is strawberries and blueberries but my teenager loves our homegrown peaches sprinkled with cinnamon on top.

I hope this helps get you through the rest of the week. Come back this weekend so we can get creative together.

🙂 Sewmuchglitter

Floating in to say Hi

Hello crafty people. The goal of this weekend is to stay cool. Triple digits here in San Diego County. I wanted to follow-up on my last post. The fun pool floaties found a home!

My goal was to show you how I made my shaker cards but I didn’t quite perfect them so I want to inspire you with a simple creative summer fun card. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with some shaker cards. My legal writings have occupied a lot of time so I don’t want to rush anything I haven’t perfected to pass onto you.

I love designer card stock as it really helps create a fun scene.
The most difficult part of this card was riffling through my paper hoard but I knew I wanted something for summer, so that gave me a direction (it helps to somewhat organize the hoard).

  1. I started with an A2 card base (I like a heavier card base, 110+ lb card stock) then I trimmed the layering piece down to 5.5 x 4.25 (A2 card), I did not create a boarder between my card base and my layering piece. If you want to that would be fun, I normally cut the layering piece 1/8″ less than the base. *If you want a sentiment on the card front, now is a great time to add it.
  2. I knew I needed a pool for my floaties, so I got out my inks and chose a color closest to water as I had and started blending onto the card stock.
  3. My blending tip here is to put the ink on your blending tool (I have a previous post for my favorites) and then start blending off the card stock before moving the tool onto the card stock. You will get a softer look and hopefully prevent those harsh lines. I lightened up the pressure the further up the card stock I got in order to add depth to my pool.
  4. Next, adhere the floaties to the pool. I used foam tape to prop them up.
  5. Water splashes, right!? Perfect time for sequins. I added blue shiny sequins as water splashes.
  6. I use Art Glitter Glue, dries clear (no glitter involved).
  7. Add small drops of glue first where you want the splashes.
  8. Now with tweezers or a pick up tool (I use We R Memory Keepers Quick Stick as one side is sticky).
  9. Place the sequins in the tacky glue, trust me! sequins and glitter adhere better to tacky glue compared to fresh wet glue.
  10. let dry
  11. Attach the layering piece to the card base.
  12. TADA, you’re done! *Add any inside sentiments as desired.

I would love to see what you do to create a simple card front or layout. Tag me #sewmuchglitter with your creations that I have inspired. Stop on by my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to checkout what’s new. Time management has been my recent struggle but there is always time for creativity! Comment below to let me know what your favorite season to craft for is….It is Christmas in July by the way 🙂

Sneak Peek at what’s to come!

Stay safe and I will see you soon!

Sewmuchglitter